How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?

A Guide to Understanding Hot Tub Pricing

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The Big Question: How do I Find Hot Tub Prices?

Everybody knows roughly how much cars cost, or TVs, or standard home improvements. However, hot tubs are not a consumer item that most people think about until they are ready to buy. I want to help by giving you some information on what you can expect to pay for a hot tub, based on factors like quality and size.

The best place to get more specific hot tub pricing is at your local Authorized hot tub dealer. These businesses can offer the best prices on hot tubs and spas in your area and have the local knowledge of water chemistry, codes, and climate that will help you get set up correctly.

What Do You Think a Hot Tub Costs?

Research in the USA and Canada hot tub markets shows that until people start to do more specific purchase research they are likely to assume that hot tubs cost about $5,000 USD. Well, this is not far off, but must be qualified. Some hot tubs actually do cost around $5,000. But, most cost a little more than this and a few cost less. I’ll try to break this down and offer some clarity.

The Low Down on Hot Tub Pricing

It would be easy to say that you get what you pay for in hot tubs and walk away. While this is obviously true, there are unfortunately a few companies out there that prey on a consumers lack of understanding of what makes a true quality hot tub.

Keep in mind that the vast majority of dedicated spa retailers out there are honest and hard working and carry good products, they wouldn’t last otherwise. There are only a few of these companies to watch out for and you can usually pick them out by their tactics. Things like high pressure in-home presentations, travelling “spa shows” that really only feature one brand sold by one company, etc. What’s important here is understanding how to evaluate quality spas and quality retailers, then looking at pricing in terms of the value you are getting for your dollar.

There are additional factors like upgrade features and options to consider, which will affect pricing. However, for the sake of simplicity we’ll talk in base pricing for well-equipped mid-size and larger spas without additional accessories like steps and cover lifts, etc.

Why You’re Here – Prices on Hot Tubs

TOP TIER – $9,000 TO $18,000

Most high-end hot tubs built by the top manufacturers will cost around $9,000 – $18,000 in the United States and Canada. Consider things like how the hot tub is made, what materials it uses, what jet technology is used, what equipment like pumps and heaters are used, and the overall reputation of the company. Using these factors you can determine which hot tubs are the high quality spas and which will give you the best value in this price range.

Pay attention to the sophistication of manufacturing facilities and technologies, reputation of the manufacturer, and materials used in the spa structure.

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MID TIER – $5,000 TO $8,000

The same quality hot tub manufacturers mentioned above usually offer a mid-price, high-quality spa line that will cost $5,000 – $8,000. These spas usually have fewer features and less complete hydrotherapy, but still offer good reliability and comfort.

You will also find many other companies selling lesser quality spas in this price range. Many big box retailers will pass off these lesser quality spas as “premium” in this price range and even some companies that have been around for a while would qualify as low to mid-quality and yet still usually sell in this range.

Pay attention to these things to determine quality in this range: established brand, established dealer or sales channel, consumer feedback, domestic manufacturing (made in USA).

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LOW-END TIER – $3,000 TO $4,000

Cheap hot tubs will cost you around $3,000 – $4,000. There are a few quality manufacturers making a quality entry-level spa in this range. Look for these first.

If this is the price range where you’re looking, it is wise to beware. Many spas in this price range are inflatable, roto-molded like your kayak or folding pic-nic table, or are built with poor materials with knock-off designs overseas. These can be ok if you’re looking for a very short-term or no-frills experience. One more consideration also creeps in at this price level – cost to operate. Most of these low cost hot tubs are not well insulated and your energy bills will let you know it. This leads us to the last thing you’ll want to factor into your decision – cost over time.

Pay attention to these things to determine quality in this range: established brand, materials, domestic manufacturing (made in USA).

One More Thing to Consider, Hot Tub Costs Over Time

When you’re making your decision on which hot tub to buy you should, of course, start with initial quality. You also need to consider how much your hot tub will cost to operate over time. This decision has 2 basic components.

  • The expected life of your hot tub or durability
  • The cost of operation associated with your hot tub

These factors, combined with your initial purchase price will give you the lifetime cost of ownership for your spa.  Look for 2 things to minimize your lifetime cost of ownership – quality construction and energy efficiency.

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Quality Pays You Back Over Time

A well-built hot tub will last you much longer than a poor quality spa, often a decade or more. This means your initial purchase price will be spread over more years of use.

Example: a quality spa that costs you $10,000 initially and lasts 10 years costs you the same per year as a poor quality spa that costs you $3,000 and only lasts for 3 years.

Energy Savings

Using the example above, in reality, the quality spa actually costs less overall over time because it lasts longer. In addition to longevity, a quality spa will also generally use less energy and require less maintenance.

High quality spas are usually fully foam filled except for the area where pumps and heaters are located. This helps to insulated the spa from the cold and keep warmth within the water. Full foamed spas will generally require much less energy to keep them at temperature and ready to use.

One way to find energy efficient hot tubs is to look at the data compiled by the California Energy Commission, which keeps hot tub energy use statistics. Pay attention to the spa brands that consistently show at the top of these lists.

You Will Love Your New Quality Hot Tub for Years to Come

Hot tubs are extremely nice to own so you will want to own yours for as long as possible. You will have always-ready hydrotherapy, relaxation, and fun right in your own backyard. No other product offers as many health and lifestyle benefits. So, consider the quality and value first when making your decision on which hot tub is best for you. You will be rewarded with better features, better hydrotherapy, and a lower cost of ownership over time.

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Internet Cats Need to Relax Too, Feline Hot Tubbing

What do stars of the internet do after work? They jump in the hot tub of course.

It’s no secret that the internet is pretty much owned by cats. As we know, this fact is due to the propensity of cats to do all kinds of amazing things online. Cats and cat-related content has been shown to account for roughly 92% of all web page visits from librarians and lonely people named Claire or Clarence.

Feline internet stars and the battle for better workplaces

It’s obviously hard work being a feline internet sensation clawing your way to the top. Add to this that the working conditions have historically been sketchy at best, and you’ll see why some internet cats have just one to three of their original nine lives remaining.

Some of these precarious feline work environments include: small boxes, food containers with tiny spaces a head can fit through in one direction only, canines, precariously laying on one’s back waving cute little paws, being coerced into endlessly chasing tape affixed to tails, tops of trees only a trained firefighter can reach, and falls where everyone just assumes the talent actually lands on their feet. These overworked and underpaid felines need and deserve their down time.

Here are some examples of cats owning the internets, while surviving (we assume they survived) poor working conditions.

They make viral videos:

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They work as film critics:

Finally, a solution to a hard day at work on the webs

Online-sensation work is difficult for the modern feline. I mean, historically the expectations for most 8 pound domesticated animals have been sleeping, eating, shedding, purring and cuddling. Most of these require minimal effort if you’re indeed say, a cat. Times are a changin’ and internet cat stars are now bearing the heavy burden of the insatiable need for a continuous stream of more and more hilariously cute online cat entertainment.

“It’s purrfectly exhausting,” mewed Mr. Squeakers, a cuddly and rare male calico currently working primarily for I Can Has Cheeseburgers.

So, what do today’s internet cats do to relax after a long day? They do what any fun-loving internet star would. They go hot tubbing of course.

Mr. Squeakers confirmed the appeal of this recent trend. “A lot of my friends, mostly tigers you know, had really taken to using hot tubs after work.” He continued, “I, of course, had to overcome my terrifying and nearly debilitating instinctual fear of getting wet. But you know, once you do, it’s pretty relaxing way to unwind after a long day of chasing your tail or sneaking up on other cats.”




Who knows what the future holds for cats online. We can only hope the for the best, more safe on-their-feet landings, a greater reliance on canine content, and for more kitty hot tubs to help these fantastic felines to preserve their health, sanity, and remaining lives.

Hot Tubs to the Rescue at the Polar Plunge


Bullfrog Spas supports Special Olympics charity benefit, supplying 2 hot tubs for warming shivering swimmers.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Bullfrog Spas is proud to have sponsored the 2014 Polar Plunge, a benefit for the Special Olympics. The Saratoga Springs Polar Plunge event was held at the Pelican Bay Marina, on frozen Utah Lake near Bullfrog International headquarters.

thick ice at the polar plungeThe Polar Plunge is an entertaining event that is also not for the faint of heart or weak of constitution. Daring swimmers don crazy costumes of all types and garner pledged donations with a promise to jump into an icy lake and swim for charity. The lake venue for this event had to be cleared of nearly 8 inches of solid ice with the help of a chain saw and picks a few days prior to the swim. Ice, which continued to form on the open water, had to be skimmed several times just prior to the event.


Bullfrog Spas offered support by placing 2 large hot tubs near the edge of the icy lake. Swimmers can use the spas to reheat after their bone chilling swim. The hot tub is heated to around 100 degrees and, although it’s a bit of a shock to the system, is a welcomed site for chilled swimmers.


In addition to the swim, the event features a crazy costume contest, spin-the-wheel of prizes, music, food donated by local restaurants and grocers, along with a raffle for a host of donated prizes. It is attended by numerous local residents who donate and help support Special Olympics even if they aren’t quite crazy enough to jump into the frozen lake.

The Polar Plunge features both individuals and corporate teams. These generous people come together to do something a little stupid, but it all goes to raise money that goes directly to Special Olympics. The event is hosted by the Saratoga Springs, Utah and Lehi, Utah police departments.

This year’s Saratoga Springs Polar Plunge was, held Saturday, February 22nd. It is one of several Polar Plunge fundraisers held around the world to benefit Special Olympics and give athletes of all abilities the opportunity to compete and succeed in their athletic aspirations. This is Bullfrog’s fifth consecutive year sponsoring the event.

There more Polar Plunge events upcoming so it’s not too late to participate. For more information on becoming involved in Polar Plunge events and the Special Olympics visit:

See more pictures of the event below:

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Of Olympics, Rainbows, Tchaicovsky, and a Feeling Like Chocolate Kittens

Olympics, Proof I Care

Normally I write helpful stuff about hot tubs and such, but, if you’re anything like me, you have been essentially glued to the TV during the Olympics in a fascination trance. I started thinking about this and, I admit, I was a little troubled. Last night I caught myself gritting my teeth during the women’s downhill, having been wallowing unproductively on the couch for hours, and I started thinking; this Olympic obsession of mine is a strange phenomenon. I mean when else do I care about short-track speed skating, luge, ice dancing (shudder), biathalon or, yes, that media darling of a “sport,” curling? Yet, for about 2 weeks every 4 years I care. I really care.

Over the last oh hour or so I’ve done some deep thinking, soul searching, and consulted my Facebook newsfeed and then watched some Vine (short attention span). I think I may have come up with some great excuses for my strange Olympic-time enthusiasm.

Bob-Costas-pink-eye-Olympics-2014My highly-scientific (aka. purely speculative and anecdotal) take on my fanatical Olympic fascination is this: the key motivators for it, patriotism, curiosity, and a desire for international goodwill, all in the tone of Bob Costas’ authoritatively smooth timbre, are actually positive influences on me. These are much different influencers from the usual snarky sarcasm and social network potty humor that generally fill my day to day media. When the Winter Olympics are on I find I don’t even care about memes, unless of course, they are Olympic memes and not mean (check out the picture I included, whaaaat? Not even mean.). Holy crap, did I just say I don’t like mean memes?

Yes, unlike almost every other media, Olympic telecasts actually seem to have a positive influence on my world outlook. It’s a strange feeling, almost like a nice RedBull buzz but with red,white, and blue butterflies and Tchaikovsky ice skating music. And this feeling could not be more unexpected or weirdly awesome, sort of like chocolate kittens waving cute little sparkly paws in the air like they just don’t care.

People all over the place are loving the 2014 Sochi Games, and not just hoteliers trying to get ideas for new and exciting trends in interior design and engineering. I hear people around my office almost giggle-talking about the Mormon girl Beyonce-dancing as she’s mentally getting ready for the luge and I saw that the other USA luge girl took third and Bode Miller just tied for third. This is a lot of excitement for a third place these days, I mean think of this in terms of the Windows Phone. Yes, third place, and people are all happy crying. In fact, I seriously get the feeling that I’m not the only one who hopes Bob Costas’ pink eye actually gets better so we can hear more of his melifluously-toned Olympic commentary (usually I would hope for a really gnarly and grotesque pink-eye flair up, you know, for memes).

For once in our cynical lives, Olympic spirit is an energy we can all feel, all warm and fuzzyrific. I think it’s because the Olympics are about all that is great – sportsmanship, triumph of will, physical and mental excellence, healthy competition, national pride, peace, and tight body suits. Skiiers hug their fellow competitors, snowboarders knuckle knock each other for landing that sick 1440 double-corked triple-wedgied Japan-grab trick (pretty sure I made this up), and the hockey games don’t even really have fights. Anyone else emotional here?

All of this awesomnasity makes the Olympics an incredible, even life-changing, event that simply demands our attention. So, don’t text, send Instas or Tweet at me tonight, I’ll be enjoying the warm double rainbow winds of international sporting love that are taking a unicorn courier from the Olympics, to an NBC satellite, and then shooting right out of my TV and straight to my heart.


Which Hot Tub is Your Pick?

Super Bowl Hot Tubs, which is your pick?With the Super Bowl just a day away, we decided, because we can, to make 2 very special big game hot tubs. One is blue with a gray cabinet and neon green JetPaks, colors you may love if you’re from Seattle or the great Northwest and the other is blue with a white cabinet and bright orange JetPaks, definitely preferred in Denver and the Rocky Mountains.

Only Bullfrog Spas can offer interchangeable JetPaks that you can choose to customize and completely personalize your hot tub. Each JetPak gives you a unique massage that addresses a specific area of your back, neck, or shoulders or provides a specific relaxing feel. Whichever is your preference between these 2 spas or any of the other thousands of combinations available, you are sure to get a hot tub that is perfectly suited to your lifestyle and preferences.

So, which hot tub is your pick?

Happy New Year and a Relaxing 2014

Happy New Year from Bullfrog Spas 2014


What an incredible year 2013 has been. It’s had its highs and unfortunately a few lows, but all in all it has been amazing.

Here at Bullfrog Spas our all new hot tub models released this year have changed the way top quality hot tubs are built, forever. We’ve enjoyed sharing our passion for engineering and manufacturing the very best hot tubs in the world with our loyal and passionate customers.

From everyone here at Bullfrog Spas we wish you the very best and a relaxing 2014.

Awkward Family Photo – The Hot Tub Christmas Card

Ok, so we love hot tubs. We do. A lot, especially Bullfrog Spas. Hot tubs are perfect for unwinding after a hard day, great when you need to get away, fantastic for entertaining, and hot tubs make a perfect evening family activity.

This said, please, please don’t take your family Christmas card photos in your hot tub. It just doesn’t work out well.

This will be an awkward Christmas in the hot tub

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Just Add Water: Exercises to Increase Mobility in the Hot Tub

Just Add WaterWhen we think of hot tubs, many times relaxation, therapy, and good times with family and friends are the things that come to mind. Indeed, hot tubs are great for kicking back with friends, relaxing after work, or soothing muscles after a workout, but is there more? Let’s explore.

Sure, athletes might use a hot tub to ease muscle aches and recover. However, there’s another great use for spas. Athletes, and everybody else for that matter, can actually use a hot tub in another interesting way: exercising in the spa.

That’s right, exercising is one more way to enjoy and get great use out of your time in a hot tub. Actually, exercising in water can offer several advantages over conventional exercise.

Give Your Joints a Break

An important part of staying healthy is regular exercise. Different kinds of exercise, like jogging or weight lifting, can increase stamina and cardiovascular health or build strength in specific muscle groups. But conventional exercises have a downside. They are often hard on joints.

Running, for example, can really wear out knees and ankles. Every time your foot hits the pavement or track, shock is transferred up and absorbed by the ankles, shins, knees, and hips. In moderation, this probably won’t cause much trouble. Over long periods of time, or in cases of pre-existing joint pain, running can really hurt those bones.

Water exercise, though, doesn’t hurt the joints at all. There is no hard ground to pound your foot and no jarring shocks to your joints. You get the same cardio workout, but no joint stress.

Arthritis and Muscle Aches

Sometimes pre-existing conditions or old injuries make exercise more painful than it should be. Arthritis, especially in older people, can make lifting weights or walking very painful. Muscular injuries like pulls or sprains prevent full range of motion and cause pain during exercise.

People suffering from this kind of condition may find hot tub exercise a much better alternative. Submersion in water applies gentle pressure to the entire surface of the body, created by the body’s buoyancy and water pressure. This pressure floats the body and relieves muscle and bone pain by helping take the strain off of injured bones or muscles.

If you have bone or muscle pain when lifting weights (even light weights), try doing it in a hot tub instead. The soothing heat and water pressure may be the perfect combination to make exercise enjoyable again!

Hot Tub Enticement

The most important advantage to exercise in a hot tub is that it’s in a hot tub! Hot tubs are fun and relaxing, so you’re bound to exercise longer and more often. Friends or family may be hesitant to hit the gym with you, but they’re sure to love joining in on a hot tub exercise session!

Think Big and Plan Even Bigger: How to Plan for Large Group Events

Think Big and Plan Even Bigger How to Plan for Group Events

Thinking of having a big Holiday party for a large group? Are you trying to ditch the mainstream, and go with something bigger and better? Well fear not, because we have a plethora of ideas available on how to plan a successful event which is as amazing, as it is big.


First and foremost make a fixed budget. Since you are planning for a huge amount of people, keeping the budget in mind will eliminate any unexpected problems, and reduce the chance of overspending on a huge event. Planning for a large party with a lot of people can be overwhelming, and you could make the mistake of overspending while you plan. Instead, start your planning off with a well-organized and thought-out budget.

Map Out a Timeline

Since the event is large scale, start your planning a couple of months before the big day. Don’t leave every task until the last minute, as that would only increase the hassle. Plan everything from the catering, to the theme, to babysitters. If you’re worried you won’t have anything left to do in the last month, you’re wrong. After you start, the problems and worries could just keep on multiplying, so planning well in advance of the event will at least ensure that you don’t forget to get your best dress ironed before the party.

Theme – Be Creative

If you want something fun and exciting to kick off your party with, then pick a creative theme relevant to the event. The key is to think outside of the box. Try to steer clear of the mundane, and find a theme that will not only be meaningful to you, but to your large group of guests as well. Pick up color schemes and clues from the season and add to it, to develop your theme.

Venue Selection

Selecting a venue for a small group of people is relatively easier than selecting one for a bigger group. Since you are planning an event for a large group, you definitely might want to give the venue some thought. Venues that cater to larger groups are usually booked solid through holidays and weekends, so make sure your name is on the booking list well in advance of your event. Choose a place that won’t go outside of the budget while still maintaining a fun feel for everyone.

Make Careful Catering Considerations

Select a caterer that will offer a wide enough selection of food so all of your guests can find a favorite item on the menu, while not going outside of the budget. With a big group, there are many food considerations, especially in regards to food allergies. Make sure you find about any possible food allergies well in advance of your event so that you can pass them on to your caterer. In addition, consider vegetarians and other special food requests that you guest may have.

Hot Tubs

With a hot tub or even several hot tubs your party will be a success. It sets the mood for a good time almost immediately. Make sure your outdoor space can hold all the people in the tub as well as anyone not swimming. Select a hot tub that will hold as many of your group as possible. Remember, the more the merrier is the rule of thumb with selecting a hot tub.

These tips will ensure that your event is bigger and better than the rest. The biggest tip, of course, is not to forget to have fun. This is your party after all, and you have put in a great deal of time towards its planning so you are entitled to have fun.

Peyton Manning Knows How to Hot Tub

Who doesn’t love Peyton Manning? Ok, there are probably some of you, mostly Chiefs fans, who really don’t even like him a little bit. But, you have to give it to the guy. When almost everyone thought he was done with football he made the move to Denver and kicked off a fantastic final chapter in his already storied career.

We think we’ve found his secret – hot tubs, iPads, and always wearing your helmet.

Peyton Manning in a Hot Tub

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This picture surfaced on the interwebs this week of Peyton Manning soaking his right ankle and foot in a hot tub, on an iPad, with his helmet on. It’s weird, but also weirdly appropriate for this guy.

My guess: The dude is a true student of the game, so he’s probably dissecting film on the defense of his upcoming opponent while helping his aging body recover and he is so into it he just forgot that he’s wearing his helmet or he just keeps it on 24/7 as a precaution. A little awkward on dinner dates but worth it for another Super Bowl Ring.

Good for you Peyton Manning and good luck in the upcoming playoffs.